R 265
2018 -- H 8236
Enacted 05/24/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Mattiello, Vella-Wilkinson, Lancia, Nardolillo, and
Date Introduced: May 24, 2018

     WHEREAS, Each year, Memorial Day serves as a solemn reminder of the scourge of war
and its bitter aftermath of sorrow; and
     WHEREAS, Memorial Day has traditionally been devoted to paying homage to loved
ones who lie in hallowed graves throughout the land, having sacrificed their lives that war might
end; and
     WHEREAS, In tribute to these silent dead, it is fitting that we lift up our voices together
in supplication to Almighty God for wisdom in our search for enduring peace; and
     WHEREAS, The United States Congress, in a Joint Resolution approved May 11, 1950,
provided that Memorial Day should annually be set aside as a day of prayer for permanent peace;
     WHEREAS, Today and every day, the servicemen and women we have lost should be
remembered by rededicating ourselves to strengthening our Nation's promise. With love, grace,
and reflection, our fallen fellow Americans, both known and unknown, who sacrificed their
freedom to ensure our own, should be honored; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby recognizes Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, 2018, as a day of
prayer for permanent peace and moreover encourages all Rhode Islanders to pause for one minute
at 3:00 PM (local time) on Memorial Day, to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so
many to provide freedom for all, in keeping with the Executive Order (2000) on the National
Moment of Remembrance; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this House, in commemoration of this event, also urges all our
residents to join together in their homes, places of work, and places of worship, to pray for
permanent peace and to continue to pray for our state and our nation.